Friday, April 30, 2010

Emerson & Lake


4-30-10 Emerson & Lake


I recently almost had the opportunity to see Keith Emerson & Greg Lake play live in Los Angeles. I couldn’t go to the show. But, yes, I have a lot of EL&P records, and…I think I have some of their solo material…


Keith Emerson


CD CHIESA, LA (w/ Goblin)(O.S.T.) CINEVOX IT CDMDF 329

2001 13 TRKS O.S.T.

7" HONKY TONK TRAIN BLUES (PS) MANTICORE UK K 13513

1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD INFERNO (O.S.T.) CINEVOX IT CD-CIA 5022

1979 15 TRKS ('89 issue)

LP INFERNO (O.S.T.) CINEVOX IT MDF 33/138

1979 15 TRKS

CD MURDEROCK (O.S.T.) CINEVOX IT CDMDF 345

1984 15 TRKS ('01 issue) (4 x bvonus tracks)

LP NIGHTHAWKS (O.S.T.) BACKSTREET US BSR-5196

1981 11 TRKS O.S.T.


Greg Lake


7" I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS / HUMBUG ATLANTIC US 45-3305

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Xmas

7" I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS / HUMBUG (PS) MANTICORE FR 13511

1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Xmas

7" LET ME LOVE YOU ONCE CHRYSALIS US CHS 2571

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP MANOEUVRES CHRYSALIS US FV 41392

1983 10 TRKS


There are significant solo works by Emerson & Lake on:


CDx2 WORKS, Vol. 1 SHOUT US 10785

LPx2 WORKS, Vol. 1 ATLANTIC US SD 2-7000


So, how do I feel about this stuff in 2010? I may have judged it too harshly in the 70’s – I finished with EL&P pretty early, with “Brain Salad Surgery”. Yes, it is progressive rock, but it was getting too popular, for me.


2 comments:

REVO said...

No, I think you hit it spot on. BSS was the certainly death throes of ELP. I still have a copy only to hear Toccata (their only King Crimson quality track) every now and then, but I've contemplated ridding myself of the CD (Atlantic 1st pressing, bought just out of curiosity to see if Karn Evil 9 was segued - it wasn't) and just buying the download of that track! Works vol. 1 & 2 was the bloated, reanimated corpse. Love Beach was the ghost of ELP future. It peaked at Trilogy for me. And I say forget Pictures at an Exhibition, too, while you're at it. ELP, Tarkus & Trilogy. More ELP than almost anyone needs. I would have passed on those tickets as well! Even free!

Ron Kane said...

Tickets were free; I passed them along to someone who did go.

I remain fond of the first two EL&P albums.

RK